Society and Health 1A

Subject ORAL10001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 44 hours of lectures, seminars, computer assisted learning and field work.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Matt Hopcraft


Melbourne Dental School

4th Floor, 720 Swanston Street

Telephone: +61 3 9341 1500


Subject Overview:

This subject comprises two modules:

Community Studies: An introduction to health sociology; the influences of socio-demographic, cultural and economic factors on health; accessibility, utilisation and quality of health and welfare services; and an examination of selected contemporary health issues.

Human Development, Behaviour and Learning: The physical and psychological growth of children and adults; theories of cognitive, psychological and psychosocial development; and the theoretical foundations to psychosocial problems.


On completion of this subject, students should:

(1) Comprehend:
a) the basic concepts of community and social structures and the implications for health;
b) the value of cultural sensitivity in the delivery of health care;
c) the relevance of psychology and human development to the broader field of health care, teaching and learning and dental practice;
d) the principles of management of relationships with patients and carers.

(2) Demonstrate:
a) the ability to plan and present written communications incorporating a respect for enquiry, scholarship and intellectual integrity;
b) beginning skills in electronic retrieval, library searching, electronic mail, the use of Blackboard multimedia programs and accessing the Internet.

(3) Appreciate:
a) the range of differing healthcare needs of individuals and groups within the community and diversity of the methods needed to provide them.


Two written assignments, each of no more than 1500 words (50% each). An overall assessment mark of 50% is required to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

  • The developing person through childhood and adolescence (KS Berger), Worth, 2003
  • Behavioural Sciences for Dentistry (G Humphris and MS Ling), Churchill Livingstone, 2000
  • Second Opinion. An Introduction to Health Sociology Germov, J (4 th Ed) Oxford University Press. Melbourne, 2009
  • Achieving Oral Health: The Social Context of Dental Care (G Kent and R Croucher), Wright, 1998

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following skills:

  • Planning and presenting;
  • Critical appraisal of research papers;
  • Multimedia; and
  • Value and application of evidence.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Oral Health

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